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Special announcement! Crookwell Garden Festival is going virtual in 2020

22 October 2020

Crookwell Garden Festival is opening up to the world this year with a virtual tour showcasing a selection of stunning cool-climate gardens. Not to be put off by the pandemic, the Garden Festival committee has teamed up with Upper Lachlan Shire Council to provide a series of videos that will give a unique insight into the gardens and their proud owners. The series will also feature interviews with local gardening celebrities. 

More details coming soon. Keep an eye on our website or follow us on Facebook and Instagram for up-to-the-minute information.

National Gardening Week celebrated with tree planting at Bigga school

17 October 2020


The Crookwell Garden Festival supported a tree planting at Bigga Public School for National Gardening Week, this year celebrated from 11 to 17 October. The tree was an Acer Negundo 'Sensation', a Box Elder Maple, which is a hardy fast-growing maple that has bright red to orange autumn foliage.

The planting was attended by Crookwell Garden Festival Committee members and school staff, and students at the school shared the planting of the tree. Bigga school is one of several small rural schools in Upper Lachlan Shire that are integral parts of their local communities.

Australian National Gardening Week was the initiative of the past president George Hoad of Garden Clubs of Australia in 2017 the occasion is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the simple joys of gardening and to highlight the associated environmental, social and health benefits. Whether it be maintaining a few pots on a balcony, a suburban backyard or a large country expanse, the enjoyment, the improved mental and physical wellbeing and the satisfaction gardeners gain from ‘getting their hands dirty’ is universal.


Garden Festival marks National Tree day with tree planting at Crookwell Showground

2 August 2020


With one of its aims being to contribute to the beautification of the shire, the Crookwell Garden Festival donated a tree to be planted at Crookwell Showground for National Tree Day in August. The tree was an Acer Negundo 'Sensation', a Box Elder Maple.

The tree was planted by local garden celebrity and rose expert, Ian McFaul, whose spectactular garden has been open several times for the festival. The event was attended by Crookwell Garden Festival and Crookwell Showground committee members, community members, and special guest Upper Lachlan Shire General Manager, Colleen Worthy.

National Tree Day helps people connect with nature by planting trees and shrubs to improve our natural environment. Established in 1996, it has grown into Australia's largest community tree-planting and nature care event. The program is a call to action for all Australians to get their hands dirty and give back to their community. ​​​

Each year, around 300,000 people volunteer their time to engage in environmental activities that educate Australians about the world around them. National Tree Day is a day to venture outdoors, get to know your community and, most importantly, have fun!

In 2021, Schools Tree Day is Friday 30 July and National Tree Day is Sunday 1 August. 


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